Monday, August 28, 2006

The Top 100 Conservative Bloggers: Nominate Your Choice Here

At the Conservative Party Conference there will be a bloggers stand, for the first time. I'm not entirely sure what it will be, who will be on it or what it will look like, but rest assured that the profile of bloggers at the Conference will be higher than it has ever been.

I'm about to produce a leaflet which will be given out to people at the conference which will explain what blogging is to the uninitiated and give a list of what I consider to be the Top 100 Conservative Blogs (anyone out there wish to sponsor it?!). The list will be primarily made up from those in my links section (see down the left hand column), but I am sure there are plenty of others which I have not yet linked to. If you'd like to nominate a blog for inclusion in the list, please do so in the Comments Section.

The ranking will not be arbitrary but it will obviously by definition be subjective. I will be marking each blog out of 100, for design, writing ability, freqency of posting, personality, humour, commentary, popularity, independence of thought, range and interaction.

So, let's hear your thoughts on who should be in the Top 100...

UPDATE: I am grateful to Sir Bentley Pauncefoot for this comment: I have no strong views as to which bloggers should appear on your list, just so long as at least fifty percent of them are women...

UDATE 2: Please nominate Conservative related blogs that do not appear in my links or that I might never have heard of. All of those who have nomianted their own blogs can rest assured that they were all in the list anyway!

77 comments:

oop norf said...

I thought the Conservative party was supposed to have democratic internal processes?

Surely you mean you'll be holding a poll to determine the rankings?

:-)

ian said...

I think I should be no. 98.

bt said...

Top blog without a doubt - Dr Crippen.
Honourable mention - EU Referendum.
Best vented spleen on Gordon Brown, La Toynbee and associated low-lifes - Devil's Kitchen.

Praguetory said...

You're not going to mark them all on your own are you?

Also, if there's going to be a stand, I reckon we should have a "blog clinic" facility so that we can share/spread best practice. In my case, I have picked a template design from blogger.com and am fairly loath to try anything remotely adventurous in case I bugger the whole thing up.

Andrew Woodman said...

I think I should be 197. I might widen my remit a bit actually.

Sir Bentley Pauncefoot said...

I have no strong views as to which bloggers should appear on your list, just so long as at least fifty percent of them are women...

Benedict White said...

I have to wonder if mine would be on the list, and if so where would it be.

Being a top 100, and looking at Iain's criteria, I suspect I might be 198.

Views from the UK 2006 said...

I would nominate my Blog, Views from the UK 2006.

Jonathan Sheppard said...

You should look at podcasts too :o)

Reactionary Snob said...

I think my blog shouldn't be considered, although it is by nature Oakeshottian. Cameron probably thinks Oakeshott is a type of real ale.

Eugenides, Dale, Prodicus, Dunderheaded would all get my vote.

RS

Iain Dale said...

For goodness sake, if you want your blog to be considered, the least you could do is actually give it's bloody domain address. Not rocket science, is it?!!!

Benedict White said...

Oh, and I forgot, Iain has a march on the rest of us Conservative bloggers because:
1. He is the judge.
2. Quite a lot of his posts are humerous.
3. His blog gets more hits that the rest of us put together.

(git) no, I am not jealous at all. Honest.n

Benedict White said...

Well, Iain, you have got a link to mine, but just in case here it is:
http://aconservatives.blogspot.com/

Tory in the Wilderness said...

It strikes me as being somewhat cheeky to nominate ones own blog for the top 100 list, but in fairness if I don’t nominate my own blog I’m pretty sure it won’t get nominated. Anyway, it’s Tory in the Wilderness. I hope you enjoy it.

Cllr Iain Lindley said...

I think us Iains should stick together... :)

Cllr Iain Lindley's Diary

Theo Spark said...

I like mine, http://theospark.blogspot.com/

not for the faint hearted!

nadim said...

I post a lot on CH, it's good on info, but yours is more entertaining.

But Cranmer can't be beaten for theological-political insight. Muslim/Christian tensions especially.

http://www.archbishop-cranmer.blogspot.com

tim said...

http://www.anenglishmanscastle.com is a true voice of conservatism, though not always of the Conservatives....

dizzy said...

Dizzy thinks you should include him. Especially as he beat Mr Dale thanks to a glitch :-)

dizzy said...

I should hope that Ellee and Croydonian get in, as well as the Serf.

Adrian Yalland said...

Iain,

Is there going to an A-list? And what about local bloggers? And will there be primaries or not?

Anonymous said...

Surely this contest should be held along market lines - the winner should simply purchase the top slot, in line with Conservative philosophy. (whatever that is!) Similarly, the losers can be dumped over the side, they bloody deserve it.

MrExtravagant said...

How about ww.makesocialismhistory.com? You may class it as an 'anti-labour, anti-lib dem' blog, but it's a blog written through true blue eyes - the major contributors are all young Tories, and the supporters all lean to the right.

LondonVillage said...

In no particular

Iain Dale (of course)
Dizzy thinks
Conservative Home

Just those for now

Anonymous said...

1)ToryRadio
2) Wat Tyler
3) Serf
4) Right links

Ellee Seymour said...

I imagine that the bloggers' row will be a real den of juicy gossip - lovely! The press will be hovering, waiting for you to spill the beans/calm troubled waters etc.

I trust your judgement re the bloggers' A-list, I have always found you to be very fair minded.

I'm sure my favourites will be there, including Dizzy, Croydonian, Tory Radio, Paul Linford, Serf and Praguetory.

strapworld said...

Iain,

instead of this friendly backslapping, I am quite amazed that none of the 'right wing' blogs are concerned with the scandal
of British Troops in Afghanistan facing criminal charges. I would have thought fom a Tory point of view this is a massive own goal by this government that has sent out the troops to 'fight???' in their wars! But no...also as the Daily Telegraph points out a serious lack of equipment.

Come on iain less of the fishing for praise and more pointing out the scandalous behaviour of this rotten administration.

Do the Tories back out armed services these days? I cannot recall Cameron visiting Basra as yet!

Anonymous said...

Suggest Nelson Mandela's blog. All the rage with the Cameroon top brass at the mo, I hear. Great vote-grabbing features include the ever-popular Get your Very Own Red-Hot Necklace, otherwise known as Win with Winnie (Or Else).

Iain Dale said...

Strapworld, oh do lighten up. Only a few weeks ago you (or someone else) were bleating on about Cameron never having been to Afghanistan. A few days later he was there. Do stop trying to paint him as something he's not.

I can;t possibly cover every subject on here. I cover subject which occur to me when I happen to be in front of the computer. I tend not to rehash things which have been in the papersm if I can avoid it unless I have something original to say.

If you feel so strongly why don't you start your own blog?

Views from the UK 2006 said...

Here is my domain address for my blog, http://viewsfromuk.blogspot.com

The Remittance Man said...

Normally good taste would preclude me from submitting my own humble efforts, but given the vast amount of blatant self-promotion going on may I humbly suggest http://remittanceman.blogspot.com?

I don't know whether the rambling right-wing loonery I purvey meets your criteria so feel free to rank me 101 in the top 100 if it pleases.

The Remittance Man said...

By the way Nonnie 6:56; where have you been hiding these last few years? Nelson and Winnie are hardly on speaking terms and haven't been for quite some time.

The new Mrs M is called Graca (after the wine) and used to be married to Samora Machel of Mozambique (must have a thing for presidential limos or something).

Antony said...

Well said Iain.

Of course http://www.antonylittle.blogspot.com is clearly up there amongst them!

icedink said...

I'll get straight to the point. The Done Thing, written by, er, me.

Tory in the Wilderness said...

I hear Tory in the Wilderness is Excellent. But then I would say that.

beethoven writes said...

Iain,

I can't agree more with your comments about not rehashing stuff that is already in the papers. So many bloggers try to do it and fail dismally. It makes such dull reading too as we already know the story!

Richard Bailey said...

Ellee, Paul Linford, terrific though he may be, cannot, under any circumstances, be described as a Conservative blogger!

I will certainly put a word in for Adrian Yalland, even though he doesn't link to me yet and failed to mention my blog when he commented. Still, we used to work in close proximity and he's a bloody good bloke.

Talking of working in close proximity - I sat side by side with Tommy G at CCHQ in 2001 and he is a must on your list. For a good long time, Tommy made his Conservative feelings very clear about all sort of things. Then he went and got an important job with a VIP and all of a sudden... Anyway, the archives are full of outstanding posts.

So here's the real question. Do I beg forgiveness from the Judge for holding contrary views on renewable energy which have previously incurred his wrath, or do I stand my ground and hope he respects my position?!! Hmmm??!

Oh and I do promise to post more now that the summer hols are nearly over. Needed some time to settle in as a NEWLY ELECTED CONSERVATIVE Councillor and get my life re-balanced.

Iain Dale said...

That's enough crawling - ed !!!!

leadbeater said...

Has anyone seen the Hilton Global Initiative?

http://www.dominichilton.blogspot.com/

ajd said...

Might I suggest:
Choice Cuts
Ellee Seymour
A Plague of Opinion

I also have one more suggestion - but which has not yet been officially launched (but will be before the conference). I"ll email you about it soon.

Bel said...

I think I should be no. 75 or thereabouts ...

www.declaim.blogspot.com

ThunderDragon said...

Will I be modest enough not to submit my own blog?

The ThunderDragon

Apparently not.

Anonymous said...

i'd like to nominate two

http://coppersblog.blogspot.com/

PC David Copperfield's utterly brilliant (and conservative) look at life in the modern police

and

http://frankchalk.blogspot.com/

Frank Chalk's equaly excellent blog about modern teaching, in the shambolic British edukashun system

cheers

Andy

UK Daily Pundit said...

Iain, you said: "I'm about to produce a leaflet which will be given out to people at the conference which will explain what blogging is to the uninitiated and give a list of what I consider to be the Top 100 Conservative Blogs."

That's some leaflet. Have you considered a wall chart?

Cllr Andy Jennings said...

Adrian - mine is most definitely a local blog for local people.

kidbrooke.blogspot.com

Peter Smallbone said...

Mine's ok (www.petersmallbone.com), but I nominate Praguetory (praguetory.blogspot.com). See you all at Conference...

Marcus said...

Me

Michael Hoskin said...

Iain, how are you going to judge whether a blog is a Conservative blog? Slavish promotion of Conservative ideas, whether the author is a Party member or someone who has purchased Conservative books or diaries from Politico's?

Iain Dale said...

Mikey, I fear you have just relegated yourself ten places :)

Verity Brown said...

I nominate a Young Conservative's Point of View, its updated quite frequently and he does try and include some dry humour!!!

http://www.jbiggs.blog.com

Verity ; )

verity said...

The real Verity does not use emoticons.

Adrian Yalland said...

Richard - honoured that you gave my site a plug - but do you ever read the tripe I write??? I don;t think I get many visitors though (I am the Billy No Mates of the blogosphee)!

I ought to link to lots of sites, but it involves messing around with HTML and stuff. If Iain would be so kind as to just email his link list which I could just cut and paste into mine - I'b be a very happy bunny!

I will link though. Honest Cllr!

Congrats on getting elected - and you didn't ask me once to come and canvass for you! Didn;t wnay me to frighten the horses eh!

Also Iain, don't know if Injured Cyclist is a Tory blog, but it's and interesting blog though!

Adrian Yalland said...

Andy Jennings - had a quick look. Are you going to be the PPC Royston Vaisey!

Have a look at mine adrianyalland.blogspot.com

Monty said...

Iain, my nominations are:

http://prodicus.blogspot.com/
http://remittanceman.blogspot.com/
http://www.iaindale.blogspot.com/ (not trying to curry favour, I swear)

I am a newbie and my own blog http://sceptered-isle.blogspot.com/ is only six weeks old, but if anyone feels generous enough to nominate it (be it out of pity of hope of reward) I would be ever so grateful!

Matt Dean said...

For parochial politics from Southern Hampshire and regular baiting of hapless Labour MPs like green-obsessive Alan Whitehead, John ‘I’m against the war once my constituency party told me they would de-select me if I voted for it!’ Denham and Lib-Dems like the hapless Chris Huhne may I suggest my humble organ…?
www.MattDeanSoton.blogspot.com

HM Stanley said...

whatever happened to Croydoninian? Liked his posts...have not seen him here or at Guidos..

Serf said...

All of you wishing to get more readers to your blogs are welcome to submit your sites to www.rightlinks.co.uk.

As my blog has already been mentioned, I can pretend to be humble :)

Ellee Seymour said...

Richard, Paul Linford is listed on my Tory blogroll and has not objected.

Vote Franco (fdm) said...

I'll nominate my own blog thus saving my readers the trouble:

http://www.votefranco.blogspot.com/

Also I'll nominate:

http://sceptered-isle.blogspot.com/

Nick King said...

(Iain apologies if this is being sent a second time, I'm not sure whether it went through the first)


In common with other respondents, my blog is very much a local blog for local people. See the link from Iain's main page.

That said, in the first few days of October many of you will be local people for me, so it may of interest.

For the record, the part of Bournemouth I represent starts at the Bournemouth sign on the A338 and runs through to the King's Park/AFC Bournemouth exit.

CityUnslicker said...

Dear Iain,

mine is definitely the worst so you can start their and work your way up to more refined heights...

www.cityunslicker.blogspot.com

Wibble said...

Seeing as everyone else is doing it... my blog, Brentwood
UK
.

On the other hand not many people read my blog so it's probably better if you don't.

And its mostly waffle anyway.

Martin Curtis said...

www.spinblog.co.uk

The place to be.

ian said...

I often find that people's blog addresses are in their profiles. However, I am a rocket scientist.

C4' said...

http://conservativemindc4.blogspot.com/

P.S.: Its not very good!

Anonymous said...

http://partyreptile.blogspot.com/

gets my nomination - and no, it isn't my blog!

Tommy G said...

Thanks Richard (I am Tommy G).

The reason I've laid off the politics a bit is that I now work in the public sector.

I would return your compliment, sincerely, by championing your own, excellent and provocative blog!

Anonymous said...

kevindavis.org.uk is superb. Shows how a local opposition politician should do it.

And no I'm not Kevin Davis ;-)

ian said...

All of those who have nomianted their own blogs can rest assured that they were all in the list anyway

Even me! Hurrah! Recognised at last for the shining wit that I am.

Mike said...

Got one more for you:

www.allanandrews.co.uk

Allan is a Conservative from Coventry, very active and well known on the local scene and wanted to start blogging, so Bluetorch Solutions built him a blog on WordPress that he seems to be getting the hang of.

Hope you like it.

Lagwolf said...

Well my blog is inclined to the Conservative Party albeit the more libertarian amongst them. This one is pretty good too http://sceptered-isle.blogspot.com/

Tim Roll-Pickering said...

Since everyone else is going it, my blog is at

Anonymous said...

Not sure if he's strictly Conservative http://chasemeladies.blogspot.com/

Will B said...

I might as well throw my hat in the ring...

I nominate myself!

I'm quite new to blogging so be as critical as you please.

a-young-conservative.blogspot.com



What? everyone else did it!

Tim Roll-Pickering said...

Well that attempt to post the link worked out well! http://timrollpickering.blogspot.com/

pakman said...

In the spirit of self promotion I'll nominate myself -Conservative and Unionist don't you know?

Cllr. Gavin Ayling said...

I've never seen so much self promotion! I'm apalled with you all.

So: Gavin Ayling